Department of Defense Political Appointments: Positions and by National Defense Research Institute (U. S.), Cheryl Y.

By National Defense Research Institute (U. S.), Cheryl Y. Marcum

In 1998, the security technological know-how Board job strength on Human assets Strategywas verified for the aim of comparing the dep. of Defense's(DoD's) means to draw and hold either civilian and army personnel.As a part of this overview, RAND was once requested to review the expansion of politicalappointment positions in the DoD in addition to to check the appointmentand affirmation approach that capability political appointees face. Taskedwith reviewing appropriate DoD info, the nationwide protection study Institute(NDRI), performing in aid of the security technological know-how Board job strength, foundthat the variety of DoD positions requiring Senate affirmation has grownsignificantly during the last 20 years. The research additionally published that thefunctional obligations of such positions have narrowed whereas theirvacancy premiums have elevated. In assessing the literature, the NDRI foundthat disincentives exist within the political appointment and confirmationprocess -- specifically, standards that applicants reveal a number of personaland monetary details; requisites to conform with conflict-of-interestregulations that can require divestiture of inventory holdings; and requirementsto conform to vast submit employment regulations. also, thelength of the appointment and affirmation technique itself may perhaps function adisincentive to power appointees.

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_________________ 36Ibid. 37Ibid. The OGE official noted that the severance pay ruling was based on a legal decision. , not be diversified), the OGE would consider this a conflict. In addition, the OGE requires that nominees sever all ties to their previous employers prior to accepting an appointment. The OGE does offer an exception, however: If one is a tenured professor, one may take a leave of absence upon filling a PAS or noncareer SES position and recuse oneself from any decision relating to the university.

This delay is especially long considering the short tenure of service of most PAS appointees. Data are not available on the number who decline consideration for nomination or drop out during the nomination and confirmation process. All candidates for PAS and noncareer SES positions complete extensive paperwork. Each waits weeks to months for the FBI and IRS to complete detailed investigations. Each candidate submits to conflict-of-interest rules. PAS candidates must be amenable to divesting any holdings in the defense industry, dictated by the Senate Armed Services Committee’s strict conflict-of-interest standards.

40 Perhaps this change will encourage more retired military personnel to accept a political appointment. R. ” The prohibition covers all PAS appointees. 41 Moreover, noncareer SES appointees cannot _________________ 40National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 (1999). 41In 1999, this limit on outside earned income was $20,505, since individuals at the EL-II level earned $136,700. R. 305). R. R. 307). These additional restrictions on PAS and noncareer SES individuals may also serve as a deterrent to those concerned about the economic impact of accepting an appointment.

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